Mold Avoidance 101: 3 Principles We Follow

What is Mold Avoidance?

We started using the term “mold avoidance” after reading the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance: Techniques Used by Hundreds of Chronic Multisystem Illness Sufferers to Improve Their Health.

This book contains methods that were very foreign to us. They even seemed a bit off the wall. I joined a Facebook group that was moderated by one of the book’s authors, and thought people in the group were doing pretty extreme stuff. Many were getting rid of all their possessions and leaving their homes in search of healing living environments. I kept up with the discussions and experiences that were shared in the group, and had no idea how meaningful their discussions would eventually become for us.

Fast forward several years, and yikes – we were living the strange phenomenon of hypersensitivity to mold toxins. Many people equate mold toxin hypersensitivity to peanut allergies. A small amount of peanut dust or oil can kill a person who is allergic to peanuts, and mold toxins are capable of causing the same reactions. It sounded like strange fiction to read other people’s reports. They couldn’t go in certain buildings, or purchase from specific stores, without severe adverse reactions. Experiencing it ourselves gave us a first-hand look at the “unraveling” of a life of comfort, and one wrong move could land us in the emergency department for life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.

We pieced things together, and realized how much of an impact our environment was having on our health.

Our church, our house, the homes of loved ones, our libraries, our grocery stores – everything became menacing. Our bodies were threatened by our everyday environments, and it seemed bizarre that such tiny particles (mycotoxins and mold spores) could wield so much power.

We’ve since made it through that tunnel of nightmares and are basking in the light on the other side (well my kids would say we’re baking in the light, but that’s because they’re adjusting to our move to the desert ?). Multiple anaphylactic reactions per day have changed to only a couple times a year. How did we do it?

A whole lot of God’s grace mixed with a bunch of mold avoidance!

Learning Along the Way

We made contact with multiple people that had experienced mold toxin exposure. Weeding through the details of their stories, we began to realize that mold avoidance techniques had the quickest, most positive outcomes. The people that were restored to good health after hitting rock bottom had all implemented some principles of mold avoidance. What initially seemed off the wall to us, became one of the only things that made sense! 

Homeopathy 101: Is it Really What You Think it is?

I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means.

-Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Do you know what the term homeopathic means?

I’m not sure what you think of when you hear the word “homeopathy”, or how you might use it in a conversation with someone.

I remember the days that I was clueless to the difference between two terms that many people use interchangeably: homeopathic and holistic.  I’ve had a number of conversations where people tell me that they prefer homeopathic remedies to pharmaceutical drugs, but then it becomes clear that the conversation is about holistic medical treatment, not homeopathy.

The term holistic medicine refers to a way of approaching an individual’s health as a whole.  Some doctors treat in a “car mechanic” fashion.  They tend to look at the problem that is making the most noise and either medicate it into silence or remove it.   Holistic medicine considers that the noisy body part may be an alarm for something underlying that needs investigation.  Holistic medicine has an appreciation for the way that our bodies are made, that every part of us is so inter-connected that to separate out various systems without considering the whole does a disservice to the patient as well as the body.  The best medicinal methods consider every alarm that is sounding, not just the loudest one, and how they might be related with each other.

Homeopathy is not entirely removed from holistic medicine, but it would not be correct to use the two terms interchangeably.  Homeopathy is under the umbrella of holistic medicine and is a way of treating symptoms that stimulates a healing response within the body so the body is enabled to heal itself.  Homeopathic medicine is a very sensitive way of treating and considering very specific symptoms, some of which may be so minute, that the patient may not have even realized or given much attention to them.  It is a way of treating that is based on the premise that “like heals like”.

In order to select the correct remedy for treatment, a homeopathic practitioner, or the sick individual or their care provider, considers the patient’s symptom profile as a whole, along with specific preferences and aversions.

For example, say Suzy comes home from school and says that she spent time outside at recess that day, despite it being cold and windy. 

Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I know that most people relate apples and cinnamon with fall, but I thought that I would share a recipe that my son and I have had fun making together recently. (Bonus: Check out the video at the end of this post!)

Our family eats mostly gluten-free.  Before I was gluten-free, I used to bake up a storm, with my favorite foods to make being yeast and quick breads, and pies.  Gluten-free baking has, at times, thrown me for a loop when my baked goods act differently than if they were made with gluten – I’m not used to flops, and especially the expensive flops that come when gluten-free goodies don’t turn out!

But this recipe is one that has worked out well for me (it also helps that we’re only at 3,000 ft. elevation now and not 4,500 or 6,000 like within the past few years!).

Although I prefer to use mostly organic ingredients, the flour in this recipe is Pillsbury brand that we buy at Wal- Mart.  I used to use a different kind, but it’s only available regionally at certain Whole Foods, so I haven’t found a great alternative yet since we moved.  About half of the ingredients in this picture came from Vitacost.  I love ordering from them, because if I get my order in before 11 AM, it’s usually at my door the next day!

If you’re looking for a great muffin recipe for a camping breakfast, or yummy gluten-free goodness to bring along on your next road trip, consider making these apple cinnamon muffins!